Over 120 Fellows, Governors and invited guests attended the Leasing Foundation First Annual Conference hosted by the Royal Bank of Scotland in London on 30 September 2013.
Chris Sullivan, the Foundation's Patron and 2013 conference chair, opened the event by talking about the role of the Foundation in setting the agenda for leasing and asset finance on key issues including education, professionalism and building awareness of the role of leasing and asset finance for small business.
The conference keynote speaker, Lord Mervyn Davies CBE, spoke about the value of an industry body that has a strong emphasis on social good, developing human and social capital, about the Foundation's role in innovation in technology, products and new markets and in re-establishing professional standards in the finance industry.
Andrew Denton, Foundation CEO, said “We wanted to create a new kind of conference for the leasing and asset finance industry – one that brought our Fellows and Governors together to look at some of the issues that will define our industry for the next decade – innovation, education, the evolution of leasing and asset finance. We are delighted that we have the enthusiastic and generous support, both corporately and personally, of so many people across the industry and across the world. I'd like especially to acknowledge the support of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Société Générale Equipment Finance, NetApp Capital Solutions, Siemens, Great American Lease and Loan Insurance Services, Grant Thornton and DWF. Their generous support is invaluable”.